March Beauty Empties

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This month I have 6 empties.

  • CoverFX Illuminating Primer – I really like this! I have dry skin so I love glowy primers. I think I like the Becca backlight primer more, but this is also really good, and something I would repurchase if I was in the market for a primer.
  • GlamGlow Thirsty Cleanse – this is probably my favorite cleanser, but I’ve only ever had a few samples of it, and never purchased it because it’s just too pricy for me. It is super gentle, moisturizing, and smells amazing.
  • MUFE Step 1 Primer – although I usually don’t go for something mattifying, I really like this. It’s super smoothing and I like that it has pigment in it to cover my redness. It is great for the days I want to be lazy – I just put this primer all over my face, with a little bit of powder over, and my skin looks good without much work. I ended up trading some other samples to get more of this!
  • Urban Decay Perversion – while I love lots of mascaras, this one was right up my alley. I love long, thick lashes, and this gives me exactly what I’m looking for.
  • Tarte Lights Cameras Lashes – one of my least favorite mascaras, as it just doesn’t add enough oomph for what I usually like. I used this for more “no makeup makeup” looks, but I wouldn’t repurchase.
  • Bite Matte Creme Lip Crayon in the shade Aubergine – probably my proudest pan ever! I have never finished a full size lipstick, so this was my first. It took me a little over a year, and I probably wore it on average about twice a week. It’s a beautiful berry color, matte and super long lasting, but not as drying as a liquid lipstick. I LOVE this color and formula already have another!

Project Pan-uary

Sometimes the beauty industry can be overrun with the “buy, buy, buy” mindset. We are constantly being bombarded with new products, and being told by brands and influencers that we NEED them. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love trying new products and buying beautiful new makeup. But I’m also all for anything that reminds us to be less wasteful, and to appreciate the things we have.

Project Pan is about picking a number of items in your collection that you plan to use up in a certain amount of time. Some people choose not to buy any new products in that time frame, but it’s totally up to you. For January, I am going to focus on my deluxe sample items since I have a lot to use up from beauty boxes and point rewards. I plan to use up 7 items by the end of January, along with the rest of my foil samples, which I’ve also been focusing on lately.

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  • Urban Decay Perversion Mascara – one of my favorites I’ve tried, and I’ve been using it for a couple of months so it’s about time to use it up and move to a new one!
  • Tarte Lights, Cameras, Lashes Mascara – one of my least favorite mascaras, as it doesn’t really add much oomph, so I use it for my bottom lashes. I put it in the project to remind myself to use it.
  • Clinique Pep Start Eye Cream – I love this product! It’s very smooth and hydrating. I have a few eye cream samples I need to work through, and this is the smallest, so I’m going to focus on using it until it’s gone.
  • Bite Lip Crayon in Rhubarb – This is a good product, but not a very exciting color. I’d like to move it out of my collection, which shouldn’t be hard because it’s just a tiny stub left!
  • MUFE Step 1 Primer – I just got this in my Sephora box, but have a lot of primers I need to use. I LOVE this, it is very smoothing and mattifying, so I don’t think it will be hard to use this.
  • MUFE Lipstick in N1 – This lipstick is also a somewhat boring color, and it gives my lips a weird texture, so I’m also planning to quickly use this up.
  • Cover FX Illuminating Primer – I love all the Cover FX primers I have tried. I really like this, and it is definitely illuminating and doesn’t compromise the wear of your makeup. I plan to use this exclusively after I finish the MUFE.

    And these are the foil samples I will use up.
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    What items would you like to focus on using and appreciating in January?

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My favorite bold lipsticks

On a majority of the days that I wear makeup, you can find me sporting a dark or bold lipstick – way more often than I wear light pinks or nudes. I swatched some of my most worn colors and provided a short review of each. For reference, I have light skin with  neutral undertones.

I’ll start with the lipstick I wear most often.

Bite Matte Creme Lip Crayon – Aubergine
This is a beautiful berry shade that I love for winter. It is a matte shade, but does have a bit of shine to it. It is extremely long lasting and I never find myself having to reapply, even after eating. Last year I wore it all night for New Year’s Eve and it stayed great! It can be drying (like most lipsticks) after a long day, but is not uncomfortable to wear.
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And a pretty good dupe that I unintentionally bought is Colourpop Matte Lippie Stix – LBB. They have close to the same finish, but I would say LBB is a little bit shinier and just a tad deeper. LBB is just as long lasting as the Bite formula, and also somewhat drying but comfortable.
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Tarteist Creamy Matte Lip Paint – Yaassss
While I personally find some of their shade names silly, as soon as I put this on my lips I fell in love. The color is a perfect lavender, and while unconventional, is still very wearable. I do like the formula, but it isn’t a typical “matte liquid lipstick” it doesn’t fully dry down into a transfer proof lip, and isn’t as long lasting as you would expect. It does need to be reapplied, but isn’t drying. It is far from my favorite formula, but the color is unique in my collection.
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Colourpop Matte Lippie Stix – Grind
Another favorite purple, this one being a bit darker. The formula is about the same as LBB – a little drying, but long lasting and comfortable.
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Bite Amuse Bouche Lipstick – Liquorice
I got this lipstick as a 100 point reward at Sephora. It’s a dark, vampy red. The formula is very creamy and not at all patchy, which I sometimes I have trouble with in colors this dark. These are made to be moisturizing and I would say I don’t think it’s necessarily moisturizing (not like lip balm or anything), but I don’t find them to be drying or uncomfortable in anyway. My only downside would be there is some transfer, but the color still stays on the lips and they are pretty long lasting (though not as much as their matte formula).
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Colourpop Ultra Satin Lip – Panda and Lyin’ King 
This formula was mentioned in my favorites of 2016 list, and once again I will say I love these lipsticks! They are extremely long lasting, pigmented, and comfortable on the lips. While they have a satin finish, they do dry down to a point where there is no transfer. Two of my favorite colors are Panda, a purple toned berry shade, and Lyin’ King, a deep pink.
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Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick – Echo 
This is my only blue lipstick and initially took some courage to wear. It is long lasting and transfer proof, while not being as drying as other lipsticks I have tried. I have heard the complaint that they are too drying, but I am personally pretty used to the feeling and they don’t bother me. Some of the darker colors can be patchy, and I did have to apply 2 coats to get the full and even coverage.
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These are all lipsticks that I love both the formula and color, and would highly recommend to purchase. If you have any recommendations for bold lipsticks, I would love to hear them! Lipstick is probably my favorite makeup item and my collection is always growing.

 

 

 

 

My favorite beauty products of 2016

As the year is drawing to a close, I wanted to post about my tried and true products that I discovered or used during 2016. Most of these products were released before 2016, but were either new to me this year, or were products I used consistently from January to December.

Foundation/Base:

Smashbox BB Water
I always lean toward sheer or light coverage foundations, as I don’t have a need for heavy coverage, but do like to wear a base to make my blush and highlight stand out. However, a trend I have found with light coverage and dewy foundations, is they are not as long lasting. I sampled this foundation near the beginning of the year, and remember getting home and still clearly being able to see my blush on my cheeks and my skin looking great. I was so used to everything fading during the day that I stopped noticing it, until trying a new base. I do generally wear primer and setting spray or powder, but even without it, this tends to last all day.

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Blush:

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in the shade Mood Exposure 
I actually purchased this in 2015, but have not stopped wearing it since. It is the perfect natural looking blush that blends so flawlessly into the skin. This was SO pricey for me at the time, and I only purchased it because it was my birthday and I was getting a makeover at Sephora. When I saw it on my cheeks I immediately told the associate I wanted to buy it. After all the use I have gotten from it, I will repurchase in a heartbeat when I’m out.

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Highlighter:
I’m a girl that loves to glow, so I have 2 in this category.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter Pressed in the shade Opal 
I have a mini of this that I purchased in a set that also came with the liquid version. This has a pink-y tone to it, and makes me feel so glowy and beautiful.

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The Balm Mary Lou-Manizer
This one is a more white toned highlighter so I use this when I want to really shine. There is a ton of product in this pan, even after using it several times a week for over a year – it would take YEARS to use this up.

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Lips: 
I don’t go a day without wearing lipstick, so I have quite a few favorites.

Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in the shade Cruella
This came in a set for the Sephora birthday gift of 2015, and it’s my perfect red. I’m not a huge fan of bright tones on myself, so while I love red lipstick, I prefer a warm toned, dark shade of red. I loved this so much that I traded some of my beauty box samples for 2 more, so I won’t run out.

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Colourpop Ultra Satin Lips
As a teacher, my biggest priority in a lipstick is something I won’t have to reapply during the day, simply because I don’t have time. That usually happens to be something in a matte finish, which works, but also starts to leave my lips pretty dry. I am a huge fan of the brand Colourpop (the only downside being you can only buy online), and highly recommend their Lippie Stix in a matte finish, and their Lippie Pencils (lipliners), which are all very long lasting and come in a wide variety of colors. My favorite product, however, is the ultra satin lips. They apply like a regular liquid lipstick, but have a satin finish. They do have some transfer when first applied, but don’t make the color disappear from your lips, and eventually dry down. They are a lot more comfortable than a matte liquid lipstick, which makes them great for winter.

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Bite Matte Creme Lip Crayon in the shade Aubergine 
I purchased this last year on New Year’s Eve and have just about used the entire tube. It’s a great bold berry shade, and I like the crayon style for application. I also strangely love that it smells like lemon.

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And swatches of all of them:
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Eyeshadow:

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eye Shadow Palette 
This is a fairly new palette that sold out when it was released, so while I just purchased it in early November, it’s already a favorite that I haven’t put down. It made me fall in love with warm red and orange eyeshadow looks, as well as gave me an appreciation for mattes. It’s versatile -you can go soft and romantic pink, intense and deep red, or neutral. The quality of the shadows is fantastic in both pigment and blendability. The only worry I have about this palette is that the shadows are quite soft, and I have seen people pan the shades pretty quickly.
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Mascara:
Too Faced Better Than Sex
This is the best mascara I have found that gives me the most length, as well as the most volume – not just one or the other. I really like the brush and the formula, and I like that it isn’t hard to remove.

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Nails:
Essie Good as Gold
This is a great opaque but not chunky glittery gold, which also works amazingly for stamping! I’m not a huge fan of Essie’s brush, but this polish is the perfect consistency to make it work.
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Skincare:

Pond’s Dry Skin Cream 
I have extremely dry, dehydrated skin and I use this every night before bed. It makes my skin feel soft and hydrated, and is super affordable!
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And here is a look I put together using most of the products. I’m wearing Colourpop Frick n’ Frack on my lips, and Urban Decay Perversion mascara on my lashes.

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What were your favorite products this year?